Gardening for kids, eel monitoring training and lectures

Scenic Hudson will present several events to the community this spring.

Tuesday, March 10, 6 to 7 p.m. – Engaging Kids Through Gardening (lecture), Scenic Hudson’s River Center, Beacon: After offering basic tips for starting a garden with children, educators from Hudson Valley Seed will demonstrate hands-on projects for garden-based learning and inspiration. Participants will receive a seed starter kit and ideas for beginning a window box or backyard garden.

Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to noon – Eel Monitoring Training Day, Black Creek Preserve, Esopus: The Hudson River Estuary Program and Scenic Hudson seek volunteers to monitor eels in Black Creek from March 21 to June 1. Volunteers will learn how to catch, count, weigh and release unharmed these important fish whose populations are declining. Your data may help biologists discover why.

Tuesday, March 24, 6 to 7 p.m. – Conservation Easments: What, Why & How? (lecture), Scenic Hudson’s River Center, Beacon: Scenic Hudson Assistant Land Conservation Director Cari Watkins-Bates and Alex Reese of Obercreek Farm LLC in Wappingers Falls will lead a discussion on conservation easements — what they are, why they’re important for protecting farms and our local foodshed, and who benefits when land is protected through an easement (hint: we all do).

Saturday, April 4, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Free Guided History Tours, West Point Foundry Preserve, Cold Spring: Tours will focus on the foundry’s 100-year history, its operations and diverse workforce, and Scenic Hudson’s efforts to protect and interpret the remains of this industrial powerhouse while preserving the land’s natural beauty.

For information on these programs, contact Anthony Coneski at 845-473-4440, ext. 273, or visit

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